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6-8 Middle School

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in middle school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

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For teachers who want to start the year on a celebratory note, here’s an idea that’s rich with possibilities.

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Learn how School 21 uses literature as a gateway to explore sensitive themes, like race, bullying, and personal values.

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